‘Time for State to Remodel Its Development Agenda’ - Chief Minister Pema Khandu
Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has emphasized that time has come for the state to remodel, rethink and reshape its development discourse with proper planning and policy reforms.
Addressing the first ever joint conference of Anganwadi and ASHA workers organized by the Arunachal Pradesh Anganwadi Workers & Helpers Union (AAPAWHU), affiliated to Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, at Kalawangpo Hall in Tawang on Saturday, Khandu said that “he totally agrees with Jawaharlal Nehru’s Panchsheel for the policy to be pursued vis-à-vis the tribals.”
He observed that Arunachal should develop at its own pace with safeguards to ensure its well being, an official report informed here today.
He, however, lamented that “Arunachal did not receive proper hand holding from Govt of India since its journey from NEFA to statehood resulting in deteriorated work culture and development disparity in the state.”
Speaking on labour reforms, Khandu said that even without any demand placed, the state govt has enhanced the honorarium of 12050 AWWs and Helpers to Rs 1500. He announced an additional honorarium of Rs 500 on the occasion, which will be implemented from next month. He also said if additional enhancement is required it will be examined and matter brought to the cabinet.
Considering the key role played by ASHA workers, the CM informed that benefits have already been announced in the budget.
He informed that at present the Centre is working on minimum wages for workers and when announced it will be implemented in the state as well. He said the state govt will also work out mechanism to regularize WCs and contingency workers.
Informing on air connectivity, the CM said that Tezu airport will be made operational soon as tender process is completed and finalized. He informed that the state govt will also start its own aircraft services to connect the six ALGs in the state, the report added.